Malaysian Tamil schools have been neglected for a very long time. They are severely underfunded because their parents are rubber tappers or other workers at the bottom of the economic rung and the schools are in very poor areas.
However, they've recently been making names for themselves in the STEM field, in the International arena. They won first prize at the 35th Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition. Last year, they won the Double Gold Award at the British Invention Show.
Just how the hell did that happen?
It appears that they are all actively involved in the Science Fair for Young Children, organized by the Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) - whose objective is to spark an interest in science among school children.
The president, Dr. Mohamed Yunus Yasin is the driving force behind this push. The man is modest - he has always been modest - putting the children and the schools enthusiasm at the front, but if it wasn't for him and ASTI, there would not have been the enthusiasm to begin with.
I have known and worked with many successful people, doctors, surgeons, authors, people who run billion dollar companies - how many people have their resume personally written by a COO of a $3 billion company - but I must say, I'm proudest to have been a friend of this man. Everyone else had been successful for themselves, but this man is inspiring a whole new generation to be successful. This man is making the future better for everyone, not just himself.
And for this level of success, how much funding do you think they get? In 2015 - a whole big ZERO
. They are currently running on fumes and a wish.
Help push this message out so that the powers that be realizes what a jewel they have with this program, and properly fund it instead of letting it wither away.http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Education/2015/05/24/Tamil-schools-triumph-in-science-fairs/http://www.asti.org.my/